The Grand Canyon is one of the most stunning places the U.S. and indeed the world has to offer. From beautiful scenery, to adventurous activities, to the exhilarating viewpoint at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Grand Canyon should be high on your list! The canyon is an American icon, and has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. According to the National Park Service, nearly five million people visit the Grand Canyon National Park every year. The Grand Canyon is a mile-deep gorge that was formed over 5 to 6 million years ago through geological activity and erosion by the Colorado River.
Whether you are vacationing in Arizona or road tripping for a Permanent Change of Station move, the immense size and vibrantly colorful landscape of the Grand Canyon make it a natural attraction that you truly have to see to believe.
Grand Canyon North Rim and Grand Canyon South Rim
Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is divided by the Colorado River into two distinct areas, the Grand Canyon North Rim and Grand Canyon South Rim. Due to its lower elevation, around 7,000 feet, the Grand Canyon South Rim is open year-round and is more accessible, making it the most visited canyon location. It includes the historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road, and Desert View Drive. The Grand Canyon North Rim’s higher elevation, at about 8,000 feet is less accessible, and the lodging and restaurants are only open six months out of the year, May – October. The Grand Canyon weather varies by elevation, with the Grand Canyon North Rim receiving more moisture and snowfall than its southern counterpart.
Grand Canyon Hikes
If you’re an experienced hiker, pack your gear and get ready for the five-day, four-night Rim to Rim Grand Canyon hike, traversing the entire Grand Canyon from north to south. The 34-mile hike gives you the opportunity to explore the inner canyon, stay at the famed Phantom Ranch, and relax next to the Colorado River. Proper preparation is a must for this strenuous journey, with long days and high elevations, but for avid hikers, it could certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget.
The Grand Canyon also offers day hiking options for those who simply want to explore the Grand Canyon. With 18 trails spanning a variety of difficulties, the Grand Canyon can offer something for every level of outdoor enthusiast. Remember to pack and prepare properly even when taking a day trip to ensure your experience is as safe as it is enjoyable. Start early, when temperatures are cooler, and be sure to carry plenty of water and snacks.
Guided Ranger Grand Canyon Tours
Take the opportunity to learn more about the Grand Canyon by partaking in a guided ranger program. The knowledgeable park rangers will take you through all of the interesting science, nature, and history of the Grand Canyon. Your kids will also have the opportunity to become a junior ranger, and help preserve and protect the national park. Junior Rangers will earn a special patch and can share all their new knowledge with their friends, families, and classmates! On a Guided Ranger Grand Canyon Tour, you will have the opportunity to explore. The Grand Canyon contains incredible hidden gems like the Grand Canyon Caverns.
Grand Canyon Camping
Camping in the Grand Canyon is an incredible experience and increasing more popular when it comes to things to do at the Grand Canyon. You can find Grand Canyon campgrounds that offer more tradition styles of camping and more comfortable options for glamping. Whether you chose to go camping or glamping, be sure to experience an unforgettable Grand Canyon sunset.
Whether you rent a bicycle or bring your own, the Hermit Road Greenway Trail provides cyclists with 2.8 miles of bike path. There are six overlooks along the trail where you can dismount, rest your legs, and take in the beautiful landscape. Grand Canyon Tours and guided bike tours are also available for those who want to combine an interesting Grand Canyon education with their daily exercise.
Five million people a year can’t be wrong. You owe it to yourself to visit one of the world’s beautiful treasures.
The Grand Canyon is a place for everyone. Whether you want to hike and explore, or simply revel in natural beauty, you won’t regret your Grand Canyon experience! You can take a Grand Canyon mule ride like the old days, try Grand Canyon kayaking, sit back and relax at a Grand Canyon Brewery, play a leisurely game of golf at a Grand Canyon Gold course, or really get your adrenaline going by braving one of the Grand Canyon Ziplines! If you are looking to explore more of the great outdoors, check out our other adventure vacations.